2022 Panel of Judges

IDC Supply Chain Technology Leaders Recognition Program

Industry Experts

The judges for this year’s inaugural IDC Supply Chain Recognition Program are industry experts who bring vast experience across the supply chain. Each judge’s expertise offers a unique take on the judging process, reviewing applications from 4 categories — Supply Chain Operations Transformation, Sustainable Supply Chain, Supply Chain Orchestration, and Supply Chain Innovation.

Confirmed, so far

Confirmed to join this year’s judging panel are: Wolfgang Lehmacher, former Director Supply Chain, Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum; Dr. Raymon Krishnan, President, the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Society (Logisym); Keith Carter, Program Director at NUS FinTech Singapore; Dr. Yongjian Li, Professor and Department Chair on Management Science and Engineering at the Nankai University, China; and IDC's Simon Ellis, Program Vice President for Supply Chain.

Interested to become one of the judges, send Vanessa Ong (vong@idc.com) an introduction.

Meet the Judges

Wolfgang Lehmacher


Wolfgang Lehmacher is a global supply chain and technology strategist, board member, advisor, and business angel. 

He gained extensive industry and leadership experience as a senior executive and partner in businesses and institutions worldwide. He supports corporates, asset owners, international organizations, governments, and startups. 

Wolfgang was Director, Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum in New York and Geneva, Partner and Managing Director China and India, at CVA in Hong Kong, President and CEO, GeoPost Intercontinental in Paris, and Head of Eastern European and Eastern Mediterranean Regions, and Country General Manager Switzerland, at TNT. 

He is an advisory board member of The Logistics and Supply Chain Management Society in Singapore and Ambassador of the European Freight and Logistics Leaders Forum in Brussels. He is a Founding Member of the Logistikweisen, a logistics expert committee under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry BMVI, and NEXST, a think tank initiated by Reefknot Investments, Kuehne & Nagel and SGInnovate in Singapore. 


Dr. Raymon Krishnan

Raymon has over twenty-five years of experience in the Logistics industry as an end-user and service provider. This includes senior management, government-linked and academic positions in various international companies and institutions based in Asia, the US, Europe, and Australia.

Raymon has over twenty-five years of experience in the Logistics industry as an end-user and service provider. This includes senior management, government-linked and academic positions in various international companies and institutions based in Asia, the US, Europe, and Australia. 
His experience covers the full Logistics spectrum, from raw material procurement to physical distribution and eventually Customer Service and care, with a strong grounding in Quality and Six Sigma. His last commercial role was as Global Commercial Director of APL Logistics and before this as Director Asia Pacific Logistics & Trade Compliance for W R Grace Inc. 

Dr. Krishnan holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree, focused on the concept of Combined Distribution Networks. He also holds a degree in Logistics from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Master of International Business from the University of Wollongong.  
Raymon is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and The Australian Logistics Academy, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and was an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wollongong, where he was responsible for teaching and representing the interests of the University in the region. He has also been the Programme Director for the University of Wales, Masters in Supply Chain Management offered in Singapore along with a number of other senior academic positions. 
Raymon is currently the President of the Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society, and under his stewardship, the Society has been nominated the Best Logistics Education Provider in ASIA in 2003 & 2004. In 2008, the Society won the Supply Chain Asia Education Award and was again nominated for the award in 2010. This recognition was in part due to the setting up of the region’s first and only physical warehouse training facility. 


Keith Carter

Keith Carter is an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Computing, Department of Information Systems and Analytics.  He is  Director of the NUS Ripple FinTech Lab an experiential education lab and Co-Director of the Crystal Centre a deep-tech FinTech think tank of cryptocurrency, security, technology and algorithms. He also teaches business leaders in the Advanced Computing for Executives and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He is a member of the Singapore CyberSecurity Consortium and member of the NUS AI Lab 
He is the author of Amazon Bestseller "Actionable Intelligence: A guide to delivering Business Results with Big Data, Fast!" Wiley, New York 2014. Reached top 100 books in Amazon and Top 3 books for Competitive Intelligence by Cipher Systems. 
He is a contributing author to the book "Leading with IT: Lessons from Singapore's First CIO" by Professor Alex Siow published by Wiley 2021. 
He has an MBA from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Before joining NUS, he worked at Estee Lauder and Accenture. His mission is to help businesses, governments and people succeed with actionable intelligence.


Yongjian Li

Dr. Yongjian Li is currently a full professor and department chair on Management Science and Engineering at the Business School of Nankai University, China. He received his Ph.D. degree in Control Theory & Control Engineering from Nankai University, China in June 2002. His research interests include: reverse logistics management, sustainable supply chain management, supply chain disruption management, behavioral operations management, operations management and innovations in the digital economy, etc.

He has published more than 70 papers in some international journals, including Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, OMEGA- The International Journal of Management Science, EJOR, IJPR, IEEE Trans. Engineering Management, etc. And he also published some papers in local Chinese journals, and four Chinese monographs on reverse logistics management, supply chain management with product returns, and emergency management.

He received several awards for his achievements in academic study. He was recognized as one of only one hundred winners of The 11th Science and Technology Award for Chinese Youth of China in 2010. He was also the winner of the 2007 Emerald Chinese Management Research Fund Award, Sep. 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., UK.

He also served as an Associate Editor of Modern Supply Chain Research and Applications, Nankai Business Review International, and editors for many top international journals.


Simon Ellis

As a program vice president, Simon Ellis is responsible for providing research, analysis, and guidance on key business and IT issues for manufacturers. He currently leads the Supply Chain Strategies practices at IDC Manufacturing Insights, one of IDC’s industry research companies that address the current market gap by providing fact-based research and analysis on best practices and the use of information technology to assist clients in improving their capabilities in critical process areas.  Within the Supply Chain practice, Mr. Ellis is directly responsible for the research in the Supply Chain Planning Strategies practice while also managing the Supply Chain Execution Strategies practice. These supply chain practices specialize in advising clients on supply chain network design, S&OP, global sourcing (Profitable Proximity and Low-Cost Sourcing), transportation, logistics, and more.  He also supports IDC Retail Insights IT Strategies practices.

With 30 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, both as a market researcher and end-user practitioner working across all major areas of the supply chain, Mr. Ellis was previously the Supply Chain Strategy Director/Futurist for Unilever North America, a $12 billion division of Unilever.  Mr. Ellis was responsible for leading the implementation of key new technologies that impacted the future of the Unilever Supply Chain.  Specifically, he led the North American RFID and e-Catalog teams and was the project leader for the new Data Management Organization. Having been with Unilever from 1985 to 2007, Mr. Ellis also worked within the sales and finance organizations, thus bringing a well-rounded business background to the IDC practices he directs.


IDC Supply Chain Technology Leaders Recognition Program

IDC Supply Chain Technology Leaders is a recognition program that celebrates outstanding achievements in the integration and digital transformation of physical, informational, and financial flows between organizations, creating interdependencies that increase performance, customer engagement, and support sustainable outcomes (ESG).

Call for Nominations starts 14th March 2022 until the 6th of May. For more information about the recognition program, please reach out to Vanessa Ong, vong@idc.com; for Knowledge Partnership or Sponsorship, Blanche Lim, bmlim@idc.com. Winners will be announced during the IDC Live event on June 23rd.

To learn more about IDC’s Supply Chain Technology Research and Advisory Services, visit www.idc.com/ap/supply-chain.

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